Ireland: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (īr'lund), [key]
— n.
  1. 1838–1918, U.S. Roman Catholic clergyman and social reformer, born in Ireland: archbishop of St. Paul, Minn., 1888–1918.
  2. Also calleda large western island of the British Isles, comprising Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 4,991,556; 32,375 sq. mi. (83,850 sq. km).
  3. Formerly,(1922–37),(1937–49). a republic occupying most of the island of Ireland. 3,440,427; 27,137 sq. mi. (70,285 sq. km). Cap.: Dublin. Irish,
  4. a coat of arms blazoned as follows: Azure, a harp or stringed argent.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also: